Consumed and controlled by one’s own desires.
* Pray for the millions gripped by lust to call on Jesus and find deliverance.
* Pray for victims of sexual violence to find victory, comfort, and healing in Jesus.
* Pray for eyes to be opened to see men and women as God does – equal in worth.
LUST IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
Those unfamiliar with the Muslim world commonly assume that since women are often covered in public there must not be a problem with lust and illicit sexual behavior. In reality, women are covered in Muslim countries because both men and women believe that women’s beauty is a dangerous, irresistible temptation to men. Thus, society holds uncovered women responsible when men molest or rape them.
Both the Quran (33:50) and the Hadith (al-Bukhari 1.268) present Muhammad as a man with an insatiable sexual appetite. He married sixteen women and had a large harem. He encouraged all Muslim men who could afford it to have four wives (Q 4:3). In the Quran, Paradise is a place where Muslim men are given virgin maidens for pleasure (Q 4.57, 55.56, 78.33). In spite of the conservative surface appearance, Muslim societies are often very sexualized. Both men and women see women as sexual objects.
“AYMAN” & “HALIMA’S” STORY
When we met in a bar in Beirut, we loved the Lebanese young adult social life of drinking and sex. After three years living together, our families forced us to get married. During the wedding we committed to being faithful, but failed.
I had no self-control and continued seeing other women in secret. And, although she hid them, Halima also had two early flings. After three years, our marriage was failing. When Halima learned about my infidelity, she felt betrayed and plunged into depression.
When her friend Fatima asked her why she was unhappy, Halima confided in her. Fatima and her husband befriended us, and told us the amazing story of their coming to faith in Christ and how their marriage was improving.
In desperation, we both decided to turn to Jesus. With the help of the Spirit, we were eventually delivered from lust. It was tough for me to resist temptation the first few years, but our marriage is slowly getting better. Jesus is transforming our lust into love!